Felony Charges

Felony offenses in Tennessee, are those criminal offenses which allow for punishment of greater than 11 months and 29 days in jail. In essence, any criminal charge carrying the potential for incarceration for more than 11 months and 29 days in jail is a felony.

Felony charges are divided into seven grades of felonies. Those felony charges are as follows:

Crimes Level Punishment
Capital Crime Death; life imprisonment with or without the potential for parole.
Class "A" Felony Not less than fifteen (15) nor more than sixty (60) years in prison. In addition the jury may assess a fine not to exceed fifty thousand dollars ($50000) unless otherwise provided by statute.
Class "B" Felony Not less than eight (8) nor more than thirty (30) years in prison. In addition the jury may assess a fine not to exceed twenty-five thousand dollars ($25000) unless otherwise provided by statute.
Class "C" Felony Not less than three (3) years nor more than fifteen (15) years in prison. In addition the jury may assess a fine not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10000) unless otherwise provided by statute.
Class "D" Felony Not less than two (2) years nor more than twelve (12) years in prison. In addition the jury may assess a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5000) unless otherwise provided by statute.
Class "E" Felony Not less than one (1) year nor more than six (6) years in prison. In addition the jury may assess a fine not to exceed three thousand dollars ($3000) unless otherwise provided by statute.

The fact that one is charged with a felony does not result in automatic conviction. A felony charge requires immediate attention from an experienced criminal practitioner. No where in the law is retaining an experienced attorney more important then felony criminal charges.